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Tech execs unsure about cyberinsurance, want storage flexibility, and wonder about AI

IT leaders attending the Landmark Ventures CIO Summit commented on everything from the Internet of Things to cognitive machine intelligence to their childhood 8-bit computers.

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Randomly selected technology executives attending Landmark Ventures' CIO Summit in New York on Thursday participated in an unscientific survey by this reporter.

Each person was asked what they feel storage vendors need to better understand and, generally, which new technologies are most exciting to them.

We also asked if their organizations have cyberinsurance. Most said no, or they weren't sure, or they assumed so but could not say for certain. Only two—the representatives from Time Warner and Georgetown Law—directly said yes.

Just for fun, we also asked each person to recall their first computer.

Not everyone responded to each question.

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Brian Clark, Executive Director of Corporate & Investment Bank Technology, JPMorgan Chase

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"Our data lifecycle management."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"Being able to have [cybersecurity] both on the cloud and internally."

What was your first computer?

"IBM XT"

Adam Firester, Associate VP, Systems Management, MultiPlan

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"I really wish they would understand that companies are looking for a flexible storage platform that has open APIs and the ability to interoperate with other platforms, rather than some of this walled garden, which all the big players are doing that is starting to crumble slowly."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"That's a tough one. I think the Internet of Things is pretty exciting. I think we've just scratched the surface in terms of its capabilities. I think that's going to be the vanguard of the next wave of technology."

What was your first computer?

"Commodore Amiga 2000"

Lisa Hammitt, CEO, Beseeq

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"I wish they would understand that most of the data that I deal with is dark data, and what that means is just like the proportions of the universe, where 3 percent we can see but 97 percent is dark matter, just because you can't see it, it doesn't mean it's not there. My data are high-resolution images, very rich information, and I wish what they understood is we need to stratify that data better."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"I'm very jazzed about screenless. The processing power has been woven into everything that we have, and so I believe that anything I touch, anything I speak to, it's all alive and I'm loving how it's evolving."

Emily Kagan Trenchard, Associate VP, Digital & Innovation Strategy, Northwell Health

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"Oh, man. Well we're healthcare so HIPAA. I just wish that was a little bit more of an out-of-the-box type of setup, that they would just figure out how to make that more turnkey than it's their first rodeo every time.

Which new technologies most excite you?

"Voice interfaces for me are huge. I'm spending a lot of time thinking about that. But I'm also really intrigued by the cognitive space, mostly because in medicine the problem of trying to sift through data is the single biggest issue. It's a flood of data for our doctors and nurses. What can be offered up by finding those patterns inside the data? I mean, that's what the best doctors and nurses do themselves in their own human brain. How can we augment that human brain that's been trained for all those years in medical school and nursing school with an equivalent digital brain?"

What was your first computer?

"Apple IIGS"

Seleem Khan, VP Content Innovation, Dun & Bradstreet

Which new technologies most excite you?

"We think [blockchain] could be a brand new ecosystem for the distribution of identity and reputation content for commercial companies."

What was your first computer?

"IBM AT"

Laura McGee, IT Manager, Texas Instruments

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"Interoperability. As you change technologies to different vendors or add a vendor then things get crazy when you're in the middle of switching."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"Cloud storage. Some of the opportunities to have hybrid cases, so we can search things in the cloud, both compute and storage, and also some of the newer security technologies are interesting."

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What was your first computer?

"IBM 3090"

Rohith Nandagiri, Director, Global Technology Workforce Management, Time Warner

Does your organization have cyberinsurance?

"Yes."

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"Speed-to-market and SLAs/downtime." He also cited prioritization of larger competitors.

Which new technologies most excite you?

"The self-driving cars... just like the space program, everything that comes out of that is usable to another part of the industry."

What was your first computer?

"Radio Shack PC clone"

George Petasis, CIO, Georgetown Law

Does your organization have cyberinsurance?

"Yes."

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"We work with a lot of different storage vendors. The one piece that's always challenging for us is to understand the differences between the different products and to explain them to our users... and how to search across all of them."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"Mobile, artificial intelligence, voice. It's always a challenge taking those kind of concepts and trying to apply them into your day-to-day work.

What was your first computer?

"Apple Macintosh"

Reza Rooholamini, VP, Architecture & Technology, CCC Information Services

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"I think [there should be] a lot more flexible storage environment, incrementally you can scale it out, versus if you run out of space or processing power basically you're doing a full lift-and-replacement. Something that can scale incrementally and you buy as much as you need at this time and you grow the infrastructure [but without being forced onto the cloud]."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"Definitely this message-based implementation of the business logic where you basically create these microservices, they communicate via messages, and they become active once the message that is relevant to what they do is received."

What was your first computer?

"DEC PDP-8"

Timm Roser, Director, Credit Suisse Securities

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"The dynamic nature of companies like ours to acquire storage at a good price point and to return it if we're not using it. Combine that with on-premise services, that's what we really need."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"The cloud."

What was your first computer?

"Commodore 64"

Tremell Warren, Associate CIP for Information Assurance, National Labor Relations Board

Which new technologies most excite you?

"The government's Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation program where you can channel reports to the Department of Homeland Security about different vulnerabilities."

What was your first computer?

"Probably a 386."

Last but not least, we asked the same questions of the event leader—Anthony Juliano, CTO, Landmark Ventures:

What do you wish storage vendors would understand better about your operations?

"Op/ex costs."

Which new technologies most excite you?

"Cognitive machine intelligence, by far."

What was your first computer?

"I had an Intel 80186 that was basically just a giant paperweight, because I fried the motherboard immediately upon my father giving it to me."

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About Evan Koblentz

Evan Koblentz began covering enterprise IT news during the dot-com boom times of the late 1990s. He recently published a book, "Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers". He is director of Vintage Computer Federation, a 50...

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